8 HABITS THAT KEEP YOU GLOWING.
You have many celebrity friends, and you work in a field where beauty is a must. Could you share some tips on how to improve the way we look and achieve that perfect Hollywood skin? What valuable advice can you give that you’ve gained from your time among the social and cultural elite?
Many things affect how your skin ages, including your genes, your daily habits, and of course the environment. You don’t have to live at the spa, spend money on super-expensive products, or change everything about your beauty routine to have a glowing, healthy complexion. The best approach at any age is prevention.
Let’s talk about the habits of people with ‘flawless skin.’
There are several ways to make your skin radiant and flawless, but there are specific habits that definitively add to the beauty of the skin.
1. Beauty sleep is real!
Unless you have a team of makeup artists waiting in your bathroom every morning, it’s hard to look astonishing and youthful when you’re skimping on good sleep. If you’ve ever woken up with dark circles under your eyes, you already know what research has shown—that a lack of sleep can contribute to periorbital hyperpigmentation, or the famous “raccoon eyes”. A 2010 study from researchers in Sweden showed that a group of participants was rated as more attractive after eight hours of shut-eye compared to when they were deprived of proper sleep.
2. Sunscreen is always a MUST!
Daily use prevents wrinkles and age spots from the start, but surprisingly, most of us aren’t using it correctly! You should use a nickel-sized amount for your face and reapply every 1 to 2 hours to get effective, nonstop protection. Make sure to use SPF 30 and above, broad spectrum.
Yes, broad-spectrum DAILY sun protection is the path to smoother, younger-looking skin. Without that fundamental step, nothing else you do to help diminish the signs of aging can give you the long-term results you’re seeking. That’s because even the best and most expensive products cannot overcome the type of damage the sun does to your skin. So, never skip the sunscreen! Even in winter, if you are seeking to visibly improve signs of aging, apply early and often!
3. Control stress and find your inner Zen peace zone.
Tiredness, chronic tension, and physical stress cause surges of cortisol within the body. Cortisol is a hormone that can break down collagen and elastin, ultimately leading to wrinkles. Stress can also worsen certain skin conditions, like psoriasis or rosacea! I always suggest meditation for my patients and the results are incredible!
4. Moisturize. Water, water, and more water!
Maintaining the water content of the skin is crucial for healthy skin. Moisturizers slow down water loss through the superficial layers of the skin and strengthen your skin barrier. Drinking lots of water is also critical! Jennifer Aniston says that drinking “lots of water” keeps her looking ageless! Your skin is 64% water, after all! Without adequate water intake, the skin appears much more dull, and wrinkles and pores look more prominent. That is because water plumps up the skin, causing wrinkles and pores to, more or less, get filled in. Also, a variety of structures in the skin that support collagen require water to work efficiently! Well-hydrated, plump and elastic skin is far less likely to crack than dehydrated skin, which can easily crack, causing irritation and blemishes.
In 2010, Demi Moore told Marie Claire magazine that her secret was very simple: moisturizer. She makes it a priority to focus on skin care, claiming that if you take care of your skin with intense moisturizing and lots of water, “you really won’t need a lot of makeup.”
5. Exercise regularly.
A workout routine is imperative not only for your fitness, but also for your skin! If you want a fresh-faced glow all the time, you’ll need to log a few hours a week getting sweaty. Aim for a minimum of 25-30 minutes of activity at least five days a week. Research presented at last year’s annual American Medical Society for Sports Medicine meeting showed that sedentary patients who began a regular exercise routine experienced a reversal in their skin’s signs of aging. In fact, the participants’ skin “looked like that of a much younger person [under the microscope], and all that they had done differently was exercise,”
6) Go to sleep clean and let your skin breathe!
Wash your face every night! Sun damage is not the only environmental factor you have to worry about: Small micro-particles from air pollutants might also hurt your skin. Play it safe by remembering to take a minute to cleanse your face and remove yucky debris that could be weakening your skin, and NEVER forget to take off your makeup! Sleeping with your makeup on can lead to bacterial infections and clogged pores, which can lead to several other skin problems, such as acne. Also, the residue that stays on the pillow can even make you sick!
7) Reduce sodium and excess sugar.
Excess sodium in your diet can drastically diminish the moisture from your skin, leaving it dry and dull. To avoid this, cut back on salty treats and invest in a hydrating facial moisturizer instead! That daily extra candy habit isn’t just damaging your waistline; it could be aging your face too. Foods with a high glycemic index create an increase in cortisol through a process called “glycosylation”, where sugars bind to collagen and weaken it. Create beautiful skin from the inside out by making sure your diet includes healthy fats (like olive oil), Omega-3s (found in walnuts and salmon), antioxidants (greens), and vitamin C (berries and citrus fruits). Try fixing up a kale salad and salmon for dinner, along with a berry mixture for dessert—it’s a great and simple recipe for healthy glowing skin! And it’s good for your cardiovascular system too!
It’s often been said that you are what you eat, and for someone like Madonna, this totally makes sense. She sticks to a macrobiotic diet, and loves the South American herb yerba mate, which has been credited with burning fat and boosting energy, health, and vitality!
8) Gentle CONSTANT exfoliation!
Without a doubt, you can dramatically improve your skin’s appearance by removing dead, expired skin cells and revealing new cells that make your skin look bright, smooth and glowing. Regularly exfoliating the epidermis removes ingrained dirt, refreshes the skin by removing flakes of dry old skin, and enables the absorption of beneficial skin serums and moisturizers.
What’s the point of using your superhero serum over the dead cells of tired old skin that can only be removed by cleansing? You won’t get the most out of your serum and moisturizer in that case! These exfoliants gradually, gently, and without skin-distressing abrasion, naturally remove built-up layers of dead skin to reveal an unbelievably smoother and more radiant complexion.
Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé’s dermatologist, Dr. Harold Lancer, says Exfoliate Every Day! The tricky part is finding a product that can gently exfoliate the skin on a daily basis without causing harm, because many scrubs, exfoliators, and home peels act chemically or are too rough and they can be used once a week, or sometimes, only once every two weeks! This was the reason I developed a NATURAL peeling gel that exfoliates the skin gently! It was made in collaboration with EMK! We formulated an entirely new, chemical-free, natural peel that works instantly! We combined the healing power of EMK Bioplacenta®, a plant Bio-Identical Placenta, and infused Vitamins A, B, C, D, and E. But that’s not all! We also added authentic 24K gold flakes that help to slow collagen depletion, which can begin as early as age 20. Gold is a powerful component that stimulates circulation, helping the skin repair itself naturally!
Exfoliation means allowing the top layer of skin to be nourished. It is basically just the removal of dull skin debris, which allows oxygen to transfer to the lower layers of skin. When most doctors say exfoliation shouldn’t happen every day, they’re talking about standard scrubs, which are often like sandpaper in a bottle. The outer layer of skin is called the epidermal stratum corneum. You need to exfoliate that before it can tolerate proper cleansing. As Dr. Harold Lancer says, if you have a tough stain on your kitchen counter, you need to scrub it first before you can clean; exfoliation is the same concept. Daily damage, age damage, and sun damage need to be exfoliated before [the face can be] cleansed.
Christie Brinkley. Can you believe this woman is 63 years old? She said that daily exfoliation is what keeps her skin in such great shape during an interview to harpersbazaar.com.
The supermodel and businesswoman Elle Macpherson shared her secrets with harpersbazaar.com on Jan 22, 2015, and when asked about her main piece of beauty advice, her response was, Exfoliate, exfoliate, and exfoliate. She says it’s the only way to keep her skin glowing.
With EMK’s 24K Gold Peeling Gel you will be able to get a gentle, effective and healthy exfoliation. It took a long time to develop, but I am thrilled to provide this fantastic product to people seeking an outstanding new product that didn’t exist before!
How can people achieve perfect skin? Is it even possible? Do celebrities actually have the perfect skin they promote?
It is part of a celebrity’s job description to look young for as long as possible – to have smooth, even skin that requires minimal retouching. However, the truth is… there is no such thing as perfect skin. It is the frustration that every skin care specialist experiences. Patients come in waving magazine pages that show stunning women with absolutely flawless skin. “Make my skin look as perfect as this,” they demand. “You can do that, right?”
The truth is that we can’t. No one can because what magazines and cosmetic product ads neglect to tell you is that those photos have been airbrushed or digitally enhanced a dozen times. The skin you see on those pages bears little resemblance to reality. Even the best human skin on the planet, the petal-soft, sweet-smelling kind on babies, contains shadows and creases. And that is totally normal!
I help many of the models and actresses seen in ads, and while they may have splendid, healthy skin (I make sure of that!), none of them have that inhumanly perfect skin that makeup companies promise.
No foundation, no matter how well formulated, is going to take twenty years off your appearance, although it can certainly make skin look better and even affect moderate improvement in some areas, such as skin discoloration. I was at a big anti-aging Congress in Paris a few weeks ago, and the new trend for anti-aging doctors and dermatologists is to combine our work with the work of makeup artists! Yes, makeup is incredible! It boosts confidence, enhances and decorates, and the new generation of young doctors are complete pros when it comes to make up! I do recommend a few foundations in my office. We do our best to help our patients need less and less makeup, and combined with skin treatments, we achieve beautiful results!
It is imperative to accept your skin’s genes and have the discipline to improve the health of your skin, but without dreaming or living the illusion of having ‘perfect skin.’
I am a big believer that you give energy to whatever it is that you dedicate your attention to, thus making it a more significant “thing”. The less attention you give to that little flaw that remains, the less you notice it, and the less you care about it. Later, it doesn’t bother you, or you begin to love your skin, as you know that it makes you look like yourself – but an even better version!
With persistence and discipline, beautiful, natural and healthy skin is very much achievable! But that idealized, magazine-perfect skin should be ignored.
And here’s the thing: no matter how good the dermatologist, or how much money the patient spends, perfection will never be achieved, because it is unrealistic and impossible. Yes, a dermatologist can treat skin discoloration, fill increases and wrinkles, and erase sun damage. We can reverse the clock to some degree, making a fifty-year-old’s skin look ten to fifteen years younger. However, we cannot promise or provide perfection, and cosmetic companies certainly can’t either. I genuinely love my patients and readers, and it is important not to create false expectations. Instead, we want to work towards real, achievable results!
You should also spend your energy to love others and spread kindness to your surroundings. Your skin will thank you! As I often repeat in my interviews and lectures, beauty is energy and energy is beauty.